Katheryne M. Lugo (4) - Riviera Beach FL, 1994
Missing Since: January 8, 1994 from Riviera Beach, Florida
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: March 6, 1989
Age: 4 years old
Height and Weight: 3'0, 65 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Lugo has a nickel-sized brown birthmark on the right hamstring of her leg. She has pierced ears. Some agencies may spell her first name "Katherine."
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A purple and white t-shirt imprinted with the television dinosaur Barney, and underpants.
Details of Disappearance
Lugo's mother, Frances Moya, sometimes referred to as Francisca Maya, told authorities she last saw Lugo at approximately 5:30 a.m. on January 8, 1994 at their residence at the Wood's Edge apartment complex on Military Trail, north of Blue Heron Boulevard in Riviera Beach, Florida. Moya departed for work at that time and left Lugo in the care of Moya's former live-in boyfriend, Misbah Muhammad Kazi. Kazi is not Lugo's biological father. Moya stated that when she returned home later in the day, Kazi informed her that he had sent Lugo to his native Bangladesh. Kazi claimed that he would not allow Lugo to return to the United States until Moya agreed to give him full custody of their unborn child. Moya was eight months pregnant with a daughter in January 1994, and was planning to end her relationship with Kazi. She stated they had been having problems for years and he mistreated her and Lugo; she had sought an injunction against him for domestic violence in 1992.
Authorities believe that Kazi abducted Lugo in an attempt to force her mother to give up her rights to her unborn baby. He was charged with Lugo's kidnapping, but was acquitted during his trial. Kazi's attorney stated Moya had sent Lugo away into hiding in a spiteful attempt to frame him for kidnapping the child. He remains the prime suspect in Lugo's case. Kazi began harrassing Moya by telephone after his trial ended, insinuating that he would reveal Lugo's whereabouts. He never divulged the child's location. Moya believes Kazi's sister, who lived in the United States in 1994 but was later deported, may have been involved in Lugo's abduction. The sister has never been charged in Lugo's case. She was one of the key witnesses against Kazi at his kidnapping trial, but recanted her statement that she had last seen Lugo in his company. Moya now lives in New York. She continues to hope Lugo will someday be returned to her.
Kazi is currently serving a life sentence in a California prison for attempted murder. He was convicted after beating his pregnant fiancee with a hammer in 1995 and leaving her for dead. Authorities stated that Kazi purchased a $300,000 life insurance policy on the woman and intended to kill her in order to receive the settlement. Although he has been offered several deals by prosecutors, Kazi has continued to refuse to cooperate with investigators regarding Lugo's case. He has offered to produce proof that the child is alive, but has never actually done so.
Lugo's case remains open and unsolved. Authorities believe she may still be alive and living within the United States.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Riviera Beach Police Department
Federal Bureau Of Investigation